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Shannon Burke, Vice-President
Shannon Burke has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in

English Education, both from the University at Buffalo. Shannon has

taught both middle and high school at a variety of local public,

charter, and private schools. She currently teaches sixth, seventh,

and eighth grade English Language Arts at Elmwood Village Charter

School and is an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo.


The Western New York Network of English Teachers
is a professional social network linking classroom ELA

teachers,teacher educators, and school administrators

with the goal of encouraging and supporting meaningful, progressive teaching in the English Language Arts.


MISSION

Vanessa Ludwig, Executive Secretary

Vanessa has a B.S. and an M.S. Ed.in English Education from Buffalo State College. As an undergraduate student, she co-founded the English Education Student Association and as a graduate student, she was involved in the beginning stages of the the English Education Alumni Network. Vanessa has taught both middle and high school students in multiple schools in WNY. She currently teaches 7th grade English Language Arts at Tapestry Charter School.

OFFICERS

Deborah Bertlesman, President

Deborah Bertlesman has a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo

and a M.Ed. from the University at Buffalo. Deborah has taught

at a diverse array of local public and private schools. Deborah

has served as co-chair of the Women in Literacy Assembly for

the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work focuses on

integration of critical literacy, close reading strategies, and

authentic purposeful writing.


Kristen Pastore-Capuana, Assistant Director

Kristen Pastore-Capuana, lecturer of English education, joined the SUNY Buffalo State faculty in 2017 after teaching high school English in Western New York for 14 years. Pastore-Capuana received her B.A. at Boston College, and her Ed.M and Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include critical literacy pedagogy, secondary English language arts teacher development, and teacher advocacy. 

Scott Reimann,Business Manager
Scott Reimann has a B.A. in English from John Carroll University, a

M.A. in English from Stony Brook University, and a certification in

English Education from the University at Buffalo. Scott has taught

both middle and high school at local public and charter schools.

Currently, he teaches English and communications courses at Bryant and Stratton College.

Dr. James Cercone, Director

James Cercone is an Assitant Professor of English Education at

Buffalo State. Prior to joining Buffalo State, James was a Clinical

Professor of English Education at the University at Buffalo and a

former high school English teacher. Dr. Cercone's research focuses

on English teacher identity development from early preservice and

career stages of teachers' careers and beyond.